APA References: What's Changed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition

The Library's APA Citing Sources Guide is now updated to reflect changes in the 7th Edition!

APAmanual.jpgThe Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the guide for APA Style, offering guidance on everything from citing sources to formatting headings. Used in the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, communications, education, business, engineering, and other fields, the APA Manual guides both writers and educators.
The 7th edition brings a number of changes to the Manual. Features include:

  • Full-color illustrations with coding to highlight formatting elements
  • Accessibility guidelines
  • Journal article reporting standards
  • Bias-free language guidelines, including the adoption of the singular "they"
  • Expanded guidance on ethical writing and publishing practices

Of particular interest here in the library are changes to formatting and reference guidelines. The Faculty Focus newsletter highlighted some of these changes in September, prior to the publication of the 7th edition.
Of note for students, instructors, writing center coaches, and reference staff:

  • Website URLs no longer need to be preceded with “Retrieved from:”.
  • Ebooks no longer require the type of ebook to be listed (e.g. PDF, Kindle etc)
  • Journal DOIs are now displayed as a doi.org URL instead of with the “DOI:” prefix. For example: “DOI: 10.1109/5.771073” becomes “https⁚//doi.org/10.1109/5.771073”
  • The publisher location is no longer required. This means “New York: Macmillan” is now just “Macmillan”.
  • The running head rules are “simplified,” and running heads are not required for student papers
  • The first in-text citation of a work by more than two authors may list only the first author, followed by “et al.”
  • The reference section lists up to 20 authors for a single work

For more in-depth information about the features and changes in the 7th edition, you can watch the CHOICE Media webinar "What’s New in APA Style—Inside the Seventh Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or visit APA Style and Grammar Guidelines."

And of course, you can also see the Manual for yourself in the Library! We have copies available for check out in the General Collection (BF76.7 .P83 2020), as well as copies in the Reference and Ready Reference Collections.


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